Going over some history about Fulgencio Batista, Castro’s U.S. puppet predecessor.
I keep catching myself trying to justify our government’s endorsement, nee full support, of Batista – whose vicious human rights abuses far surpassed Castro’s.
I mean, we’re demonizing Castro for jailing political dissidents, but fully backed Batista for jailing, torturing and executing political dissidents – and their family members.
Somebody please explain this to me.
Cuz I don’t understand.
Our anti-Communist cry against Cuba doesn’t hold enough water to smother the leaping flames of our own embargo hypocrisy. I mean really, it’s only too obvious that there must be so much more behind the dogged vehemence with which we lash out specifically at Cuba’s Communism.
China is the largest Communist nation in the world with horrifying and current torture practices on citizens who defy government rules.
But there is no U.S. Constitution-defying travel ban to China, nor demonizing campaign against Hu Jintao. In fact, we’re conducting hearty trade with Communist China.
No embargo there.
Neither do we embargo against Communist North Korea’s underground death chambers in which Kim Jong II inflicts documented torture and all manner of human rights abuses, daily, on citizens.
Nope, no embargo there either.
Strangely, our media seems to notice only Cubans in the Gulf rafting desperately toward democracy. And our government, as if to justify its own incongruous words and actions, goes to great lengths to make sure that any Gulf-dripping Cubans jailed or harmed by Castro are brought to our immediate, nation-wide attention.
I had to learn about tortured North Koreans through alternative media, because U.S. mainstream media is apparently reserved for tortured Cubans. Especially during an election year with anti-embargo protests to drown out, and wealthy, powerful Cuban-American votes to court.
God, I’m so pissed off right now!
This is really hitting me. I’m really getting it. Just now.
Why am I just getting this now? Where the hell have I been?
I hate being duped and mind-played by my own president.
What else is he doing that I don’t know about yet? I feel like I’m being cheated on but haven’t actually caught him in the act yet, so there’s a chance it’s not true…hoping hard it’s not true.
Add to North Korea’s Communist atrocities the fact that Kim Jong has nuclear arms, and I am stumped – stumped – about the agenda of my government. I mean, what the hell can Castro really do to us? He’s nursing rusty guns in a deteriorated, malnourished country while trying to keep us at bay.
Kim Jong has nuclear arms.
And he doesn’t like us.
But it’s Cuba – not North Korea – that our government is concerned about. It’s Cuba that we’re “protecting” Americans from – by strangulation/embargo. It’s Cuba that is ignoble. Inhumane. Illegal…for free Americans to travel to. It’s Castro’s rusty guns that serve Bush’s pro-embargo innuendo of weapons of mass destruction and terrorist support.
North Korea has nuclear arms!
Do nuclear arms not count as weapons of mass destruction?
How do I reconcile, for my own sense of patriotism, that my government is doing exactly the thing for which it is condemning Fidel Castro? My government is committing a human rights abuse. It has taken away a constitutional right.
Our president has overruled the constitution.
Holy f’kin’ democracy, Batman!
Can this happen again? Maybe with the next agenda of the next president? And the next? I mean, if this can happen once, why can’t it happen again? And what if each time, a different right is rescinded?
This loss of one measly constitutional right pertaining to one measly Latin American country may seem like a non-issue to someone who couldn’t care less if they ever travel there. But such an easy loss of such a standard constitutional right scares me.
Goliath started out as an embryo.
A democracy slowly losing constitutional rights is a Goliath in the womb, isn’t it?
And in fear of being branded unpatriotic, no one is willing to perform the necessary abortion…
I realized last night that as pissed as I was to discover all that stuff about my government, I’m also pissed at me. Pissed, embarrassed, and feeling ignorant.
Where have I been all these years? Am I really a fat/happy American who lives to stuff my own comfort, tuning out anything that may stain my personal happiness? I refuse to believe this. I can’t be like that. I would never be like that.
I think I might be like that…
Okay, still reeling here. I really want to understand things correctly. I don’t want to be ignorant about all this shit any more, you know? I really want to know what’s going on.
1. My government sanctioned a blood-thirsty Batista because he did our bidding, served up his country and people to our pleasure and profit, allowed us to move in and take over.
2. My government now demonizes Castro for the very same blood-thirst because Castro has steadfastly refused to do our bidding, has refused to serve up his country and people for our pleasure and profit, has allowed Cuba to deteriorate rather than allow us to move in and take over the way Batista allowed us to do.
Yeah, I’d be pissed if I was Uncle Sam. But I’d also see the hypocrisy.
Considering what I’m learning about U.S. foreign policy…could Castro’s aversion to the U.S. be the result of witnessing what his country had become with us at the helm?
I’m reading about how Cuba was during Castro’s youth, then how the U.S. moved in and took over, allowing Americans to use Cuba as our own personal playground. We bought up everything, then built casinos and brothels, and called it progress.
We brazenly disrespected Cuban ideals, culture, and people. Our soldiers, fully sober, fully arrogant, in a public square in full uniform, urinated on a famous monument of Cuba’s revered and well-loved historic padre, Jose Marti.
I was embarrassed and disgusted just reading about it.
I tried to imagine any of our presidents allowing Cubans to come to the U.S. and publicly pee on the George Washington monument.
Do as we say, not as we do.
No wonder Castro won’t bend to our will.
Our will sucks for them.
I don’t want to think about this embargo anymore.
It makes me feel things I don’t want to feel.
So, I’m just going to go to Cuba and have a good time. After all, the island has such a romantic history with sexy, bearded Latin heroes who committed their lives to fighting against their puppet-president/dictator Batista. And the bearded cuties won, riding victoriously through millions of grateful, weeping, worshiping fellow countrymen filling the streets of Havana.
Plus, I hear Cuba has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And I am beyond excited to hear the Cuban music I love so much, performed live in-country.
So, really, this should be fun!
“Diary of An American Girl’s Journeys to the Forbidden Land.”